The Samsung E2120 is a small light easy to use mobile phone. It has a camera, a music player and an FM radio. It has a simple drop down menu. It is easy to add contacts, make calls and compose text messages. The raised buttons on the keypad make it easier to use to people who would struggle to text. The star button also acts as a lock button to stop the phone from doing anything whilst in your bag/pocket. It is also a very durable phone, that does everything required from a mobile phone
The Samsung E2120 is cheap and cheerful, and thank goodness for that. I lose my phone about three times an hour on average, so price is important to me. This model is currently available for around £20 and does more than you might expect for the price. While it's no Galaxy S, the phone does include a camera, video recorder, MP3 player and ringtones, MicroSD slot, FM radio and vibration alert.
Call quality is very good, exactly as you would hope from a manufacturer such as Samsung, and long distance calls are of the same standard as local ones. Messaging features both standard and predictive text as you would expect, plus MMS picture messaging is available. The battery life is pretty incredible in my experience, even after calls of a long duration.
The camera is just a VGA, so no good for taking pictures of any quality, and the video mode is obviously of the same quality, however it is nice that a camera is included at all for the price. MP3 sound quality is remarkably good, however the internal memory is only 9MB and the card reader only accepts up to 2GB. The E2120 features a loudspeaker, which is great if you like annoying people on the bus with your music. The phone also has a built-in antenna so you can use the radio without special earphones.
Samsung released the E2120 in 2009, so it's not an old model by any means. The phone has been specifically designed for the budget end of the market, so while it is cheap, it is also relatively small. It's not as though it's an old phone that's fallen in price. This is a good little phone for the money, does the basics competently and features some nice little extras too.
I recently damaged my Samsung Jet phone by dropping it down the stairs; to be honest it was about the fifth time I'd actually done that so I was quite amazed that it had lasted till then! It had to be sent away to be repaired and so I was faced with the prospect of being phone-less for about a fortnight, not a great prospect as I tend to spend half my day glued to my phone! Luckily my parents had a spare phone that they'd bought when one of theirs had become damaged, a bit like a standby for the whole family to use in times of such extreme emergency! So last Wednesday I replaced my sleek and stylish Samsung Jet with the rather dated and dull Samsung E2120... and prayed my Jet would be returned shortly! However I must admit I have been impressed with this phone hence why I've decided to write about it, now I'm not really a pro at writing mobile phone reviews and nor am I a technical genius so you'll have to bare with me!
The Samsung E2120 was only actually released back in August 2009 which did surprise me due to its rather dated appearance, at a time when the Apple Iphone was taking the world by storm this phone would have paled in comparison quite a lot in my opinion. It measures approximately 10cm by 4.5cm and is just over 1cm in depth making it quite small and it weighs approximately 75g making it much lighter than the majority of normal phones and smart phones currently on the market. It's black in colour with the colour screen taking up approximately half of the front of the phone and the standard keypad taking up the remaining half. The phone does have a red strip on the top and the bottom which does jazz up its appearance slightly, there's also a circular navigation key at the top of the keypad which is also outlined in red. Visually it doesn't really look that modern but it is simply detailed, small and very clean cut looking.
The phone is covered in hard and porous plastics suggesting it could certainly handle a fair bit of abuse, I've already dropped it once getting out of my car and it was absolutely fine. The keypad is made of hard rubber and each key is quite pronounced and raised slightly. The only thing I have had a slight problem with is typing on the phone, I found I had to exert quite a bit of pressure onto the keypad in order to type a number in or a message. Turning the phone on and off is extremely easy to do and is done by pressing the "hang up" key as in the key you press when you want to end a call which is the right hand key directly under the screen. The phone takes about twenty seconds to get to the main screen once you've switched it on and a further forty or so seconds before you can access your phonebook or your messages. The box also contains a charger and this can be plugged into the small port on the top of the phone for charging.
In terms of the battery life the phone suggests that it can offer up to 560 hours in standby and up to 10 hours of talk time. This is a significant improvement on many smart phones, due to the quality and size of the screens they use their battery power a lot quicker so it was quite refreshing not to have to charge this phone daily. I would estimate that I make about three or four short calls each day and exchange about forty to fifty text messages a day so I'm quite a heavy user really. My mum gave me the phone fully charged on the Wednesday morning and the battery didn't run out until Friday evening so I got pretty much three days battery power out of this phone. The battery power is shown by a small icon on the main screen and is easy to understand, I don't really want to generalise further about the battery life as it does depend on your usage, what you do with the phone, if you fully charge it when you do charge it, etc.
The main screen of the phone shows your network, your signal strength and your battery power. The background of the screen can also be customised using one of the wallpapers or even a photo. At the bottom of the main screen are shortcuts to the main menu and your phonebook which are accessed by pressing one of the two navigation keys at the top of the keypad. The main way to navigate on this phone is to use the circular navigation key which is really like the "select" button in a sense." The phone is really easy to use and anyone who has had a Samsung in the past will be familiar with the menu which is shown by a series of icons, in this case nine icons can be seen on the menu screen and you can scroll down to see the rest. All your typical facilities can be found here such as Call Log, Messages, Camera, Settings, etc. Within about ten minutes of messing around on this phone I'd found everything I needed, it really was simple!
The internal phone memory comes with 9GB and there is a slot for an external card if you wish to increase the memory. Call records will store your 20 most recently dialled calls, 20 most recently received calls and 20 most recently missed while your phone book can store up to 250 contacts. Both text messaging and picture messaging are available on this phone and the phone itself can store around 300 messages depending on their size. Texting is really easy using the keypad, there is the option to use predictive text if you wish which I found really simple to use. I've only actually used the camera once and it seemed quite standard really for a phone of this quality, it's apparently 640 by 480 pixels and the picture quality is okay but not great. This phone certainly couldn't really replace a standard camera unlike the smart phones. It does have standard features such as night mode, a frame and a timer if you wish to experiment further.
Something that never seems to impress me with phones is the message and ringtone volume. In the case of this one the ringtone can be set to moderately loud but it's still not loud enough when the phone is in my handbag. The phone comes with a basic range of quite irritating ringtones and there is the option to download more if you wish to. The speaker can have its volume raised or lowered using a simple two part key on the side of the phone and the sound quality is excellent. The phone is able to support a radio connection and it can play MP3s but this isn't something I've bothered to investigate further. The E2120 has a few connectivity options including something called dual band GSM connectivity (900/1800 MHz) which I don't really understand! Data connectivity wise the phone comes equipped with GRPS for Internet browsing but the browsing is very basic and it's quite labour intensive to actually reach a desired site.
In conclusion the Samsung E2120 is a basic phone, it's certainly not going to win any prizes for being groundbreaking at all, however it is simple to use and extremely reliable too - both in terms of physical abuse (such as dropping on the floor, down the toilet, etc) and in terms of battery life. The keypad is rather tough to use or maybe it just takes a while to get used to but I would suggest this is one of the downsides to this phone. I'd say this phone is best for people who want a simple yet functional phone that is ideal for making calls on and for sending the occasional text message. This phone seems to retail very reasonably, Argos are currently offering it for £15 (on O2), Tesco are offering it for £19.97 (on Tesco Mobile) and it seems to be about £35 to get hold of it online unlocked. I'd recommend this phone to someone who won't be using it a lot and wants a very basic phone with no frills, three stars from me!
Thanks for reading.